Indigenous-owned pipeline company wins major contract with Tidewater Midstream

Trent Fequet is founder and CEO of Steel River Group. Image: Steel River Group

An indigenous-owned pipeline services company has been named prime contractor for a 65 kilometre stretch of a 120-kilometre new natural gas pipeline being built west of Edmonton.

Construction on the Pioneer Pipeline, co-owned by Tidewater Midstream and TransAlta, kicked off in late 2018.

It will connect the Tidewater-owned Brazeau River Complex to TransAlta's generating units in the Keephills and Sundance area.

Calgary-based Steel River Group was awarded the pipeline contract through a competitive bidding process, where it demonstrated its technical capabilities and aptitudes in all areas of project execution, the company said in a statement.

Steel River Group also credits its “unique Indigenous inclusion ecosystem mode”l as an important factor that led to the success of the bid.

“SRG uses its expertise in construction as a vessel to empower indigenous communities and individuals,” said indigenous entrepreneur Trent Fequet, the company’s founder and CEO.

“The goal of our approach is to build capacity and strengthen competency within Indigenous alliances and communities. The success of our bid shows that our model works.”

Steel River says the model is premised around creating alignment between its companies, indigenous communities and alliance partners. The company said it brings these entities together over a shared vision and common goals, and facilitates agreements, partnerships and new subsidiary companies to build capacity and strengthen competency.

“Steel River Group is an Indigenous owned and operated company that has gained the support of progressive Nations and the patronage of a forward-thinking midstream producer,” added Fequet.

“We are encouraged by the success of this recent contract award and believe that our relationship-based Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model will lead to securing more opportunities into the future.”

The Pioneer Pipeline is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2019.